Astronomy Photographer of the Year is one of the contests I always look forward to. It has just announced its 2021, and just as always – I’m definitely not disappointed. The winning image is a striking photo of the last year’s annular solar eclipse, but there are many more photos that will make your jaw drop. So, without further ado, let’s check them out!
In late December 2019, people in some parts of the world had the opportunity to see a total annular solar eclipse. Photographer Joshua Cripps found himself in the Middle East around that time, and he decided to extend his trip so he could shoot the eclipse in the UAE desert. And I’m glad he did, because he ended up with an incredible image that captured my attention the moment I saw it.
Joshua kindly shared his photo of 2019’s final eclipse with DIYP, along with some BTS and details about how it was shot. It took a tremendous amount of planning and effort, but it was well worth it.
The total solar eclipse from July this year gave us some spectacular photos and videos. The year is coming to its end, but if you want to shoot a solar eclipse, you’ll have another chance before 2019 is over. On 26 December, a total solar eclipse will be visible in India, Singapore, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and some parts of Australia. But this so-called “ring of fire” eclipse is somewhat different than the one we saw earlier this year.
In July 2019, Photographer Dan Marker-Moore set up his gear on a remote mountaintop in Chile to capture a total solar eclipse. Using his recognizable time-slice style, he created a very unique collection of images. Combining hundreds of photos, he created several captivating, chart-like composites that show various stages of the eclipse.
Earlier this month, folks in South America witnessed a total solar eclipse. Photographer Leandro Pérez used this opportunity to shoot a gorgeous timelapse. A la sombra de la Luna (In the shadow of the Moon) is a short video that shows the beauty of the total solar eclipse on that took place 2 July in Córdoba, Argentina.
In August 2017, millions of people observed and admired a total solar eclipse. Many of them filmed and photographed it, too. In 2019, videos photos still appear and take our breath away, and such as this video by Phil Hart. It took him almost two years after the eclipse to finish it, and it was definitely worth the wait.
In the 21st century, millions of people got to see, photograph and film a total solar eclipse. With technology so advanced and widely available, in recent years we got to see photos and footage shot from an airplane, a stratospheric balloon and even from space. But what was it like to shoot this phenomenon almost 120 years ago? Thanks to a recently recovered video, you can see the first ever footage of a total solar eclipse, filmed way back in 1900.
This time last year, the total solar eclipse made millions of people stop, observe, film and photograph the breathtaking sight. Photographer Jon Carmichael captured the totality from an airplane and made it look like the photo was taken from space. Many people have described it as “the most amazing image ever taken from a commercial airplane.” And now, Carmichael shares the equally amazing story that follows this awe-inspiring photo.
I’ve dreamed of seeing a total eclipse of the sun all my life. When I read there was one on August 21st that passed dead-center over the town of Newberry SC, I was overjoyed. This was my chance. My wife and I had lived in Newberry in 2013. I had friends there. I had a place to stay. I wouldn’t need to pay $1000 for a hotel room.
I had friends who owned Enoree River Vineyards and Winery (a slight plug for a great vineyard and great wine.) They were throwing a party for 300 people at their winery. My friend even had an official pair of Newberry Eclipse 2017 glasses saved for me. I bought a 4×4 ND5 SolarLite polymer filter sheet from Thousand Oaks Optical, the good stuff, and made a filter holder to that I could quickly remove it from the front of my 300mm lens, 450mm on my crop frame D7100, when totality climaxed. I read everything I could find about shooting the eclipse and studied a myriad of images. I wanted to have a great picture to hang on my wall to remind me of the experience and, I admit, to brag about. I was pretty well set.
We’ve seen many photos and videos of the total solar eclipse so far, but there’s still something to impress us. For example, a video of total solar eclipse recorded from a stratospheric balloon. Liem Bahneman took this video, and it provides an interesting view of the Earth from near space during the eclipse.